Messages from the Publisher

Publisher’s Letter August 2016 I am determined to get everything I possibly can out of this glorious summer we are having. Whether attending a craft show, swimming laps at the local pool, taking an outdoor exercise class, getting to a farmer’s market or festival, the possibilities are endless. Last week, I visited The Chautauqua Institution, where admission is free on Sundays. This non-profit adul... »

Summer!

We’ve finally reached and are basking in Western New York’s most glorious season. There is so much to do and so much to enjoy that it’s hard to choose, so the only advice I have for myself and others is pick something, anything, and get outside! Summer is a great time to enjoy garden walks, flea markets, the zoo, aquarium, botanical gardens, craft shows, festivals, and food trucks. Canalside and R... »

New Year’s Resolutions

I can make all kinds of promises to myself in the New Year – promises to be kinder, to be more patient, to be less emotional, to not let people get me down, to think things through before acting, to be a better person, to lose weight, to play with my dog more. The list goes on. Often, the most challenging promises we make to ourselves have to do with forgiveness – forgiving others and forgiving ou... »

Autumn Means Bidding Adieu to Summer

Autumn is officially here, and bidding adieu to summer is definitely bittersweet. Don’t get me wrong. I love this season. I just worry about what comes afterwards. Just as last year’s memories of one of our harshest winters ever finally begins to fade, most of us can’t help worrying about what’s in store for us this year. Fall always has a way of making us feel nostalgic, which is feeling a sense ... »

Thoughts on the End of Summer

I have been enjoying our spectacular summer days, scrumptious corn on the cob, fresh tomatoes and peaches, and will be sad to say goodbye to summer. Even as cooler days set in, fall isn’t officially here until September 23. It’s been a busy year for Buffalo Healthy Living. We were audited and the results of our survey are in. About 94,500 readers view us monthly, and thousands more connect with us... »

Making the Most of our Time

Lately I find myself wanting to make a conscious effort to appreciate every last drop of what we have left of summer. So many of us focus on all of the things we have to get done that there is little room left for play. So when one of our writers suggested a story about the importance of just letting go and having a good time, I embraced the idea of having her write about that immediately. There’s... »

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Your Doctor Questions

As parents we are often called upon for advice from our children who seek our guidance through life’s stages. For the most part, they value our wisdom and experience. But there is probably no place where experience matters more than in health care, where the stakes are much higher. Last month the value of that experience hit home when my mother-in-law, who lives in Philadelphia, underwent a heart ... »

Mindfulness for Health

I’ve been thinking about mindfulness lately. According to Psychology Today, “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.” Being here now, observin... »

Authenticity

So, what I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is authenticity. Philosophically speaking, authenticity is the degree to which a person is true to his or her own personality, spirit, or character, despite external pressures. Being authentic should be easy – after all, you don’t have to really work that hard at it. It is who you are, what you are, and what you believe in. It really is as simple as t... »

Message from the Publisher

I never imagined owning a magazine. I don’t think it’s the type of thing where one day you wake up and say, “What I really want to do is be a publisher.” In life, it’s often, just putting one foot in front of the other that leads us to exactly where we are supposed to be. So, as I find myself here, I hope that I have reached out over the past several years to touch you, as you have touched me. The... »